2022 Winter Olympics: Mixed doubles curling session 9 recap
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The mixed doubles curling competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics reached a critical point as teams vie for spots in the medal round.

There were wins for Italy, Norway, Switzerland and Canada while Sweden and winless Australia took the session off.

Here's a recap of all of the action at the Ice Cube in Beijing.

Italy 7, Great Britain 5

The team of Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner continued their excellent play as they topped Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat on Sheet A.

Constantini promoted one of her own stones to give the Italians a point in the opening end. Great Britain answered with one in the second and stole another in the third to take a 2-1 lead.

That was their only lead of the game as Constantini and Mosaner went back in front with two in the fourth and a steal of one in the sixth. Dodds played a successful hit for two to level again.

Italy claimed three points in the seventh and when Dodds and Mouat could only score one in the eighth, Constantini and Mosaner ran their record to 6-0, dropping the Brits to 4-2.

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"I didn't perform so well, but Stefania saved me in a lot of situations. That was the key to the game", Mosaner said. "I didn't expect six games without losing. It's cool because six and zero is fine, but we have three games to go and we have to keep focus and see what happens."

Norway 9, China 6

The team of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten won their second straight game as they topped hosts China (2-4) on Sheet B.

Fan SuYuan and Ling Zhi claimed a point in the opening end, but Norway (3-2) grabbed two in the third and had single steals in the third and fourth to take command.

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After China closed the gap with two in the fifth, Skaslien executed a perfect tap for five and a 9-3 advantage. The hosts halved the deficit with three in the seventh, but Norway held on.

Switzerland 11, Czech Republic 3 (7 ends)

On Sheet C, the Swiss rolled against the Czechs, who lost their third game in a row to drop to 2-4.

The team of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios opened up with three points and steals in the next four ends gave them a 10-0 advantage when play began in the sixth.

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Zuzana Paulova and Tomas Paul managed to put up three in the sixth before a single point by Switzerland in the seventh led to a concession by the Czechs.

"We lost two games in the extra end and now we are where we are", Rios said. We have to look forward now and try our best in the coming games and try to win all of them to have a chance."

Canada 7, United States 2 (7 ends)

Rachel Homan and John Morris bounced back from a loss to Sweden with a hard-fought victory over Team USA on Sheet D.

Each team scored singles with the hammer through the first four ends, Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys in the first and third, Canada in the second and fourth.

The difference was steals in the fifth and sixth, Persinger catching a front stone guard to put Homan and Morris up 4-2. They stole three more in the seventh, Team USA conceding after that.

"You've got to make sure you have a really good second half in mixed doubles", Morris said. "We were close but not quite there in the first half. My partner was struggling a little bit, but she's got the heart of a lion.

"You've got to keep the faith. She then made some wonderful shots in the second half to put the pressure on the Americans."